How Auto Accident Attorney Fees Get PaidHow attorney fees get paid

After a serious car crash, you may not think you have the money to pay the attorney fees for a highly experienced auto accident attorney. But Michigan law and contingency fee agreements are designed to make high-quality legal representation available to everyone.

When you are facing piles of hospital bills, prescription copays, and repair costs, the last thing you want is someone else saying you own them money. That’s why auto accident attorneys and Michigan lawmakers have come up with ways to make sure you can afford a lawyer, no matter how much money the doctors say you owe.

Contingency Fee Agreements Put Your Needs First

Many auto accident attorneys, including the team at Christensen Law, use contingency fee agreements to take the burden off of injured motorists. Rather than requiring a client to put up thousands of dollars right from the start, a contingency fee puts the risk on the law firm. In a pure contingency fee arrangement, you pay nothing up front. Instead, all of your court costs, witness fees, and attorney fees come out of the settlement or jury award at the end of the case. You and your attorney will agree on a set percentage that the firm receives at the start.

A contingency fee arrangement makes sure that the lawyers are working hard for you. The firm doesn’t get paid for losing cases, so it is in the attorneys’ best interest to do good work to get you a favorable outcome.

Michigan No-Fault Act Says Sometimes Your Insurance Pays for Your Lawyer

Ideally, the Michigan No-Fault Act is designed to make sure you get your money fast after a car crash. Unfortunately, the reality is that far too many auto insurance claims are denied. And that can lead to a long and drawn out lawsuit.

Juggling debts can be the reality for plaintiffs in auto accident cases. Your attorney may have to negotiate with medical providers, to make sure they accept your settlement. You may also have to use credit cards to pay for replacement services. When your benefits are finally paid, that delay could mean you may need every penny.

The Michigan No-Fault Act accounts for this reality. It acknowledges that when an auto insurance company delays, it is the injured motorist that pays. If your claim is denied unreasonably, your lawyer can ask for interest and attorney fees as part of the award. That way you aren’t left carving interest payments or legal fees out of your lost wage benefits or foregoing necessary replacement services to make ends meet.

At Christensen Law, our attorneys represent all kinds of people. Whether you have plenty of money in the bank, or are living paycheck-to-paycheck, we want to make sure you receive top-notch legal representation. Don’t let a lack of funds discourage you. Contact us today for a free consultation, and find out how Christensen Law can help you get all your no-fault benefits.


Everyone at Christensen Law was extremely friendly and very easy to work with. Whenever I had a question, they took the time to talk with me and explained everything thoroughly. They were also very quick to return phone calls. I would definitely recommend Christensen Law to anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.

I suffered Traumatic Brain Injury when struck by a vehicle while walking. My recovery was a long uphill battle; I had little energy to expend on daily routines and even LESS on caring for my home and life. I wondered how I could continue into the future with the difficulties I faced.

I handed the baton off to David and Sarah of Christensen Law. They resolved the unique challenges of my case while buffering me from the opposing side’s onslaught. The case concluded successfully and to my satisfaction with minimal effort on my part.

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Overall a professional, great team. Everyone knew me and my case. When I left a message, I got a quick reply. Sarah made me feel comfortable going into a courtroom, where I never had been before. Both David and Sarah are very knowledgeable with legal issues. I trusted everyone and am a satisfied client.

V. Watkins

I never knew attorneys could be so accessible and kind. They fought for me all the way to the end. They had to take my case to trial and they won me a great settlement. Now I have a secure future.


HH, Davison

I was treated very nicely and professionally with a lot of consideration and compassion for my disabilities suffered in a horrible car accident. Mr. Christensen and Sarah Stempky made sure I understood what was happening with my case and that everything was pulled together.

LG, Stockbridge

As an accident victim I had to have my leg amputated and I was in bad shape overall. David Christensen was a light in that experience. I ended up with an entire home modification to accommodate my disabilities. It was a very stubborn insurance company but David wouldn’t take no for an answer.

CB, Milford

If I had questions or worries Dave would address them with me because he knows what he is doing. I think the world of him. I felt he went above and beyond to turn a really bad situation around. I have hope now where before I felt powerless and miniscule and that these big insurance companies were just going to railroad me.

DT, Jackson

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